June 5, 2013
Retirement of four K-M teachers means
loss of 154.5 years experience!
This could be a record for K-M School District retirements. Four K-M staff will be retiring taking a total of 154.5 years teaching experience, the last 119 years here. Three of the teachers are at the high school and the one is the middle school.
Language arts instructor Cheryl Frarck has taught 41 years, the last 36 at K-M. Cheryl said a number of years back a new teacher commented that teaching is like being on a roller coaster. In August you get on and you don't get off until June. "That's the fun, the thrill, the challenge and creativity that occurs every day," said Frarck.
The veteran teacher believes teachers must plan in excruciating detail, in order to have the freedom to be spontaneous. "No day has ever been the same-and I have always enjoyed newness which made it easy to go to 'work' in the morning," said Frarck. "Suddenly I discover I have been in one spot so long. Wow! Am I retiring? No. I'm just trying a different roller coaster!"
Spanish instructor Lynette Huppler taught one year in Burnsville and the last 37 at K-M. Before coming to K-M in 1975 Lynette's dad told her there was a good restaurant in Mantorville and she knew the Mayo Clinic was in Rochester. "That was all I knew," said Lynette. "I loved the size of KMHS and enjoyed the opportunity to start the Spanish program, so I never left."
Lynette grew up in the Twin Cities and knew it would be an easy drive to visit family and friends. "I was very content to put down roots in this community," said Lynette. "I will miss my fellow educators here at K-M and watching my students develop an appreciation for the Spanish language and culture."
High school math instructor Althea Rood taught 30.5 years , the last 17 at K-M. She calls those last 17 "great years". "I will miss the students most. I find observing and participating in their lives a real joy," said Althea.
Grade seven math instructor David Bornfleth has teaching "seniority" among the four. Dave has taught 45 years, the last 29 at K-M.
Dave said he will miss the interaction with students and staff. "I enjoyed working with everyone," said Bornfleth. "I will especially miss not working with my seventh grade team members. We have had an excellent working relationship."
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